L'alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou la Cornue Infernale [tinted]
A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears. The snake begins a series of transformations: he becomes a jester, a spider, and a woman. Each approaches the wizard as he sleeps. Each also works its magic on a glass vial on the wizard's table. Soon the vial has grown in size and is full of a bubbling liquid. The wizard wakes, the vial explodes. Who emerges victorious from the spells and dreams?
Run time 2 minutes 14 secondsProducer Georges MélièsProduction Company Star Film CompanySponsor Gen XAudio/Visual silent, Hand-coloured
Also Known As (AKA)
Alchimiste Parafaragamus ou La cornue infernale France (original title)
Parafaragaramus alkímista Hungary
The Mysterious Retort USA
Méliès' Untinted version http://archive.org/details/LalchimisteParafaragaramusOuLaCornueInfernale
July 25, 2016
Melies the master alchemist
Melies again using the trope of the magician as a symbol of himself as auteur. The vial is a metaphor of the magicians troubled brain, whose fervid dreams are troubled by thr grotesque and the erotic. Explosive stuff(literally).